CommVault has partnered with research analyst firm IDC to host a series of presentations and discussions on ‘The Impact of the Third Platform on Information Management’ at the Burj Al Arab hotel.
Senior executives from the two firms shared insights with regional CIOs and IT managers on data management strategies to meet the challenges posed by new technology trends.
Don Foster, Senior Director, Product Management, CommVault, discussed the importance of meeting IT requirements in ‘The new reality of IT’. “A key advantage that certain organisations in the Middle East have is that they may not need to replace a lot of legacy hardware and processes that have become habitual,” he said. “It can often be harder to innovate with these in place. Many will have the opportunity to take a greenfield approach to their solutions.”
Megha Kumar, Research Manager, Software, IDC MEA, said, “With data growth in the region slated to be at 20 to 30 percent year-on-year as per CIOs in the Middle East, investment in storage will continue to rise. However, organisations need to rationalise IT costs and make better use of their storage capacity. By using data management solutions companies will be able to achieve better storage utilisation rates in addition to improving data protection and recovery rates.”
Foster went on to discuss the need for flexible service, as well as an enterprising approach from end-users, in terms of getting the full benefits from the changing IT landscape. “There may be a degree of trepidation surrounding the housing of government and enterprise data in the cloud,” he said. “A parallel runs between the Middle East and Texas, for example, where data must be housed on cloud servers within the state.”